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Drug suspect who grabs a gun from a cop gets hurt

April 9, 2021

COTABATO CITY – A drug suspect in a buy-bust operation almost got killed after he tried to grab a gun from a policeman Wednesday in this city.  During the wrestle between the policeman and the drug suspect, the gun accidentally went off hurting the suspect identified as one Dido Alim Silongan, 27, a resident of Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao.  Investigation disclosed that Silongan was the subject of a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Tamontaka at around 5:30 p.m. when he sensed he was transacting with the police. Capt. John Howell Wong, chief of the city police drug enforcement unit told reporters the confiscated illegal drugs known as 'shabu' (20 grams) has an estimated market value of Php 48,000. The police drug unit chief said “The suspect fronts as a welder, but at the side, he sells shabu to prospective buyers.”  After sensing he was surrounded by police operatives during the buy-bust he tried to grab a gun from a policeman and the commotion took place. Wong clarified: “As they wrestled for the gun, it went off with the bullet hitting the suspect in his left leg.”  The wounded Silongan was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment. The suspect is now languishing at the city government's facility for prisoners awaiting charges for violation of R.A. 9165 also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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Shorter Delay In BARMM Elections Sought

March 10, 2021

A delay of elections in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) may turn out shorter than the three-year postponement being sought through various bills filed in the Senate and the House of Representatives. The BARMM elections are supposed to take place at the same time as national elections in May 2022, as prescribed by law. However, lawmakers including senators Aquilino Pimentel III and Richard Gordon say the regional elections should be postponed to 2025 to give the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority (BTA) more time to cope with the difficulties wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. Taking a different tack, Senator Imee Marcos asserted that a long postponement of the BARMM elections will delay development for the Bangsamoro people and the correction of historical injustices committed against them. Marcos, who chairs the Senate committee on electoral reforms, emphasized that the main purpose of the Bangsamoro Organic Law was “to rectify historical injustices – political, military, as well as economic,” which called for the conduct of elections “at the soonest possible time.” The lady senator added that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte himself has ordered that “elections must continue as close to the stipulated dates as possible.” The BARMM elections can be held “months or a year after” the May 2022 national elections, instead of three years later, Marcos recommended. She explained that a shorter postponement will strike a balance between fulfilling the main purpose of the BARMM Organic Law and giving the BTA enough time to manage a smooth turnover of authority to elected officials. “Decommissioning militants and weapons and achieving a normal way of life cannot be completed without full political legitimacy, without inclusive governance, without the complete exercise of the Bangsamoro people’s voting rights. The election has its advantages,” Marcos said. “Only after elections will the BARMM be able to focus on normalization that has been stymied by the pandemic, and to address the region’s unique and difficult circumstances,” the senator added.  

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DSWD releases additional Php10K grant to LAA families thru Starpay app

January 5, 2021

MARAWI CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) -- With its continuing efforts to uplift the lives of the affected families in Marawi, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) started releasing additional Php10,000 worth of Livelihood Settlement Grant (LSG) to 28,204 families from the less affected area (LAA) of the city. DSWD partnered with Starpay Corporation as a  financial service provider through its smartphone application.  “Registration was already facilitated by Starpay Corporation and log-in details were distributed to the families through their nominated mobile numbers,” said DSWD Region X Director Mari-flor Dollaga-Libang. Starting December 28, 2020,  5,000 families  were notified daily about the assistance. Libang further said that initial concerns using the digital application is the unavailability of smartphones and blocked accounts. With this, DSWD 10 also requested assistance  from the city government of Marawi and Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Field Office to intake the details of the families having similar concerns. The agency shall then request manual beneficiary reference numbers for these families. The beneficiary should download the Starpay application and upgrade its user level. To upgrade one's account, details such as name, selfie, birthdate, permanent and present address, and valid ID are needed. Acceptable IDs include passport, driver's license, PWD ID, Barangay ID, TIN ID, SSS, Philhealth, among others. After taking a selfie, at least one ID should be chosen and uploaded with details. A message will then be sent once the account is upgraded.   To claim the assistance, the beneficiaries can cash out their wallet balance  through MLhuillier  pay out or Security Bank or Chinabank ATM cardless withdrawal.  From April 2019, DSWD distributed of Transitory Family Support Package of Php53,000 and additional Php14,400 to 17,905 displaced families or Marawi IDPs from the 24 most affected area (MAA); distribution of LSG worth Php20,000 to 17,905 displaced families IDPs from MAA and Php10,000 for 28,266 displaced families IDPs from  LAA  as well as the distribution of Pabaon Package and 30 kilograms of  rice. (LELA/ PIA ICIC)

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DICT MC3 commends DigitalJobsPh online freelancers from Marawi

January 4, 2021

MARAWI CITY, Dec. 30 -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology Mindanao Cluster 3 (DICT MC3) commended 20 Maranao graduates for completing the DigitalJobsPH Technical Training during their graduation ceremony video conference on December 21, Monday at College of Information Technology, Mindanao State University (MSU) Marawi.   Aligned with the livelihood program under Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery program, the technical training aims to equip internally displaced and disadvantaged talents with information-and-communications technology (ICT) skills for the online freelancing industry.     It is also one of DICT's interventions under the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa government program to provide a sustainable livelihood for those who returned to their home province from cities in response to the declining country's socioeconomic status due to COVID-19 that resulted in unemployment and business closures.   11 of the graduates who persistently completed the training in rigorous seven-week blended learning from November to December of this year were able to receive financial income after securing local and foreign clients outsourcing online tasks and jobs.    “To be online Filipino workers or OFWs, you are not required to travel in big cities locally and abroad in order to have jobs but instead in the comfort of one’s home with just computer equipment and internet connection," said DICT MC3 Regional Director Alimbzar P. Asum.   He also stressed the importance of applying ICT skills learned from the training to improve the consumer reach of Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).   “I would like to congratulate each and every one of you who bring success to DigitalJobsPH Technical Training in Marawi City now that this adds and enhances your skills in ICT to increase your job qualifications and you might even help fellow Maranao businessmen in advertising and marketing their products and services using social media platforms or build up your own business," he said to the graduates.   Asum further noted that DICT shall establish digital hubs and deploy more free public Wi-Fi access points in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur province as a whole to accommodate the people with free ICT resources in performing online jobs and transactions as this will eliminate their burden from having limited computer devices and unstable internet connectivity.   Graduates and trainers poured their appreciation to DICT MC3’s effort in offering technical training in their community and shared their experience of learning the ICT skills set they used to acquire online jobs through which overall hard work resulted in a positive effect on their lives.   DigitalJobsPH Technical Training for this year was made possible in partnership with MSU Marawi.   Dean of College of Information Technology Professor Maimona Marohomsalic-Asum expressed her congratulatory message to the graduates and ensured continuous support in implementing extension project similar to the mandate of the academic institution such as collaboration with DICT in providing technical skills to individuals belonging to the community where maintaining peace and development is the core objective. (DICT Lanao del Sur)

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Strengthening sustainable livelihoods in Marawi through meaningful partnerships

January 4, 2021

MARAWI CITY, Dec. 30 - The Restoring Livelihoods and Learning in Marawi Project, funded by The Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) through Asian Development Bank (ADB), supports the implementation of Output 4 of the Philippine Government’s Emergency Assistance for the Reconstruction and Recovery of Marawi (ERRM) with the objective of improving the social services and livelihood in the city.   The JFPR grant complements the government’s Marawi rehabilitation initiatives. The consortium is headed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with the Department of Trade and Industries (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Education (DepEd) and Save the Children Philippines as the implementing organization, facilitating contracts with executive agencies for services rendered under the grant.   The grant specifically provides support on short-term emergency employment, longer-term livelihood development for working-age men and women, and culturally- and age-appropriate, gender- and conflict-sensitive learning opportunities for boys and girls.    “The project’s objective is to ensure access to emergency income and livelihood support to the conflict-affected internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in Marawi and its neighboring municipalities,” said Edwin Horca, BARMM Team Leader, Save the Children Philippines. He added that the project also addresses the youth sector by providing them peace education, learning and livelihood opportunities.    The project’s livelihood component supports 1,200 beneficiaries in accessing livelihood programs. “Our livelihood program is adopted and integrated with DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) and DTI’s Shared Services Facility Program (SSFP),” expressed Horca.    Project beneficiaries identified by DTI will receive trainings on business planning, basic entrepreneurship development, productivity, safety and health, and production skills. They will also receive livelihood starter kits to spearhead or further improve their existing livelihoods.   Save the Children in partnership with DTI released booster funding to each of the 69 beneficiaries identified, screened and endorsed by the agency. These beneficiaries were seen as having the potential of creating impact in the community as their products will be promoted in both local and international markets. Usec. Abdulgani Macatoman of the Office of Special Concerns and DTI Bangon Marawi Program heads the Product Promotion Group of DTI to bring these plans into reality.   Women will also receive further livelihood business scale up with access to microfinance through ADBs Fostering Women’s Empowerment Through Financial Inclusion in Conflict-Impacted and Lagging Provinces Project.   All of the activities are aligned with the government’s needs assessment and the Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (BMCRRP), managed by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).   “The project is a collaborative inter-agency effort of doing the same work guided with the same vision of restoring and rebuilding the lives of people especially the women and youth of Marawi through sustainable livelihoods,” shared Horca.  (Save the Children)

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TFBM YEARENDER: Marawi towards a modern, progressive Islamic City

January 4, 2021

More than just rehabilitating Marawi Ciy, the government, through the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), is determined to "bring back better" the former glory of the country’s only Islamic city. Since July this year, rehabilitation works by 56 implementing agencies under TFBM, headed by Secretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario, in Marawi City’s Most Affected Area (MAA) or the so-called “ground zero” went full blast immediately after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved the release of the PHP3.56-billion budget in April and May. Outside MAA, composed of the 72 least affected barangays, economic vibrancy has returned as evidenced by the dramatic increase in revenue collection in terms of real estate and business taxes by the local government – from a mere PHP500,000 annually prior to the May 2017 siege to about PHP30 million this year. Clearly, the government is on the right track not only in rehabilitating the city, but also in modernizing it with cutting-edge infrastructure. “We envision the rehabilitation of Marawi to be a catalyst for growth and sustainable development, a model for good governance and serve as a template to achieve a peaceful environment,” Secretary Del Rosario said. “I won’t be surprised that after the rehabilitation, maybe in 10 years, Marawi City will bloom economically and be very competitive,” he added. Despite the adverse impact of the coronavirus disease 2019,  the TFBM went on with the implementation of major projects, most of which are slated for completion by December of 2021 as embodied in the master development plan. The Task Force had carried out infra and non-infra interventions to help the Maranaos cope-up and guide them in rebuilding their lives, including financial and livelihood assistance. Eighty-one percent of the targeted construction of 5,266 transitory shelters for IDPs have been built with the rest expected for completion within the first quarter of 2021. These transitory shelters are located in Barangays Sagonsongan, Boganga, Dulay and Rorogagus. As for permanent shelters, the TFBM is keen on completing 2,000 units under the Pamayandeg sa Ranaw Residences project in Barangay Dansalan. Another 1,297 permanent shelters in Barangays Dulay, Kilala, Gadongan and Patani are now in various stages of completion, jointly by the Social Housing Finance Corporation and UN-Habitat. Much development had also occurred in the Less Affected Area or LAA over the past few months. Led by the DPWH, the reconstruction of the Banggolo Bridge and the Mapandi Bridge had been completed. A pumping bridge and another similar structure in Kumatan Matampay, on the other hand, are also nearing completion. Completed projects in LAA are the following: an AFP Maritime Outpost, a City Command Center, a Fire Sub-station and a corn-processing facility. Ongoing projects, meanwhile, are the provision of electrical and water utilities, including the Salintubig Reservoir courtesy of the LWUA and LASURECO. The TFBM is likewise hastening efforts in finishing the reconstruction of other public buildings and transcentral roads in various parts of the LAA. Meanwhile, inside MAA, construction works are ongoing for a four-storey school building, the Marawi Central Fire Station, the mall-like Grand Padian Central Market, a Peace Memorial Park, the Marawi City Museum, School of Living Tradition and 24 barangay complexes each having their own health clinic and madrasah. All of these undertakings are set for completion by December of 2021. Works for the 24-kilometer road networks with underground provision for electricity and water utilities inside "ground zero" are now also on full-swing and are expected for completion by the third quarter of next year. Other key facilities eyed inside the MAA are a multi-level carpark, more schools for the Maranao youth and a Lake Lanao promenade. Another key accomplishment for TFBM is the start of mobilization of different private partner-developers in rehabilitating various Islamic houses of praise that were either damaged or destroyed during the siege, including the Grand Mosque, the Bato Mosque and White Mosque. A total of 30 mosques are programmed to be reconstructed inside MAA. The task force is bent on strengthening further its coordination with the Marawi local government unit, led by Mayor Majul Gandamra, the Maranao traditional leaders and other stakeholders to hasten the completion of rehabilitation projects and bring back full normalcy in the Islamic City.  (30)

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